According to mythology, Thassos was discovered because of one of the many romances of Zeus. Zeus was disguised into a white bull and he kidnapped Europe, the daughter of Finiki's king, named Aginoras. Then Aginoras asked his sons, Kilika and Kadmo and his grandson Thassos to look for her... While Zeus and Europe were having fun in Crete, Aginoras' sons were searching for her all around the world... At some point, Thassos visited this island and he was charmed by its beauty. As he was unable to return to his father without Europe, he gave up trying and settled to our island that today carries his name...
In the past, many different names were given to the island. Some of them were "Ieria", "Aithria" or even "Coast of the Goddess Demeter".
The island was inhabited for the first time during Neolithic Period from Phoenicians. Through the years, many wanted to live there as the island was prosperous because of the minors, the trade, the wine and the white marbles. Few years after the Greek revolution, Thassos remained in the possession of the Turkish - Egyptian, Mohamed Ali. Thassos Island was liberated by the Turks on the 18th of October 1912.
Photography by Alexandros Evaggelou